Washington, DC - “We are very pleased with President Obama’s veto of the Keystone XL pipeline,” said Elisabeth MacNamara, President of the League of Women Voters of the U.S.

“Today, President Obama stood up for the future of our environment and for the health and well-being of Americans,” MacNamara said. “Over the past few weeks, League activists sent 14,000 letters to President Obama urging him to use his veto power on this misguided legislation.”

“Allowing this pipeline to be built threatens the safety of our drinking water and increases the greenhouse gases that contribute to climate change,” said MacNamara.

“The Keystone XL pipeline is not in our national interest,” concluded MacNamara. “A veto was necessary to protect the health of Americans and the health of our planet. In the coming weeks, we urge the President to take the next historic step in this process and fully rejecting the pipeline after a complete review is finalized by the State Department.”

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